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Let Us Help You with Your Book Reading Tradition

man reading to toddlerJust being September brings on that giddiness one experiences from the anticipation of fall approaching! The cooler temperatures really amp up the eagerness to enjoy the crisp autumn smells and the cool, comfortable weather. It is also the beginning of the holiday season; the changing colors move us in the direction of the orange pumpkins of Halloween straight into the palette of Thanksgiving colors that shades into the holly jolly reds and greens that are prevalent during the Christmas season.

It is just a good time of the year to enjoy, and this year, especially, we need to reach out and consciously grab and savor the good times! This time of the year caters to our five senses as we breathe in all the pumpkin spice and everything nice, along with the yummy snacks, chili, stew, and other cool weather goodies. The colors delight the eyes and the breeze in the trees soothes our cochlear nerve.

Another great thing about this time of year is the bringing out and dusting off of family traditions. These are the things that we do every year to celebrate family and holidays. These are the things that we speak of when remembering, recollecting, and reminiscing about our growing up years. These are the things that children remember fondly and continue them for their own families years later. These traditions make awesome memories that are never forgotten.

It is never too late to start a tradition. Whether it is an event, a game night, a specific getaway destination, or a weekly reading evening. Picture it now, the house smelling of your favorite foods wafting through on the breeze from the open windows. All cell phones and other devices are out of reach and forgotten as a new book is started. Maybe a classic or a mystery? There are no interruptions as each chapter is read with enthusiasm and fervor! Then comes the begging to continue when it is time to put the book away for bedtime, after, of course, allowing ample time for discussion.

If it is already one of your traditions, let us know if we can help you find a book to please all of your listeners. If you would like to start a book reading tradition, we would love to help you find the perfect book to launch your tradition. Also, said with a southern slant, we all would like to wish y’all a happy fall!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Starting

When things go wrong or don’t turn out the way you pictured them in your head, you just have to go with the best intentions defense. I have a lot of good intentions. — Blake Shelton

I really like this quote by Blake Shelton; lately it has kind of been the way I’ve lived my life. With the “end of the year” this and the “beginning of the year” that, I’ve struggled to maintain the day-to-day activities. One thing in particular that I haven’t been a real go-getter on is the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Thank goodness, staff member Sharon Bishop has done some thinking on the matter and has taken action. This program challenges parents and caregivers to share 1,000 books with their child before he or she enters school. Doing so will help their children develop critical early literacy skills from birth that prepares them to enter school.

Sharon has come up with the idea to give parents options on how they want to manage the program. There are apps for iPhone and Android users where they can keep track of the books on their phone. To download book record sheets, go to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. You can choose just how detailed you want to get with the program. You can download two sheets to write down the first 100 books read or you can download four sheets. The two sheets have 50 lines each and the four sheets have 25 lines each. The four sheets give you much more space for scrapbooking opportunities if you are wanting to make this an amazing keepsake for your child. We will be providing three-ring binders to keep your sheets in as you and yours move through your 1000 books. Eventually, in the very near future, we will have the sheets available on the counter.

We would like for you to visit the library after reaching every 100-book milestone, so that we can celebrate with you. A bulletin board will be set up just to acknowledge those participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Give us a call or come in and talk to us if you have any questions.

We have a magazine rack close to the entrance where people can bring their magazines they no longer want and pick up magazines they have not read yet. For the first time since we started it a year ago, it is sitting empty. If you have an excess of magazines sitting around, we would be more than happy to provide the space for you to share them with others!

Starting a New Year

newspapers in reading roomStarting a new year around here isn’t an easy thing. There are so many things to get done in the first six weeks that my to-do list is beginning to look like a chapter book! One of the things I have to get done soon is confirming our magazine order. This is the time of year that we choose whether to continue receiving each of the magazines or dropping th subscription and trying out a different one.

I know there are magazine readers out there. The worst thing about magazine subscriptions is the accumulation that can build up and spread over every available space. We can help you with that around here. Is there a magazine that you really, really like to read, but don’t want to subscribe to? Is there a magazine that you would like to look through before you do subscribe to it? Do you just want a Friday evening at home reading a variety of magazines? Come in and check out what we do have and give us your suggestions on what you wish we had.

The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is going good throughout the county. Parents are getting their young children signed up to receive their book each month. You can drop by the library and pick up an enrollment form or you can go to and sign your child up online. All children under five years old are eligible to receive a book each month. The first book will take 8 to 10 weeks to arrive. One thing I would like to add, if you have more than one child under five, sign each one of them up. They each will receive their own book that is age appropriate.

We are in the process of putting the finishing touches on the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Lincoln Library, Hardtner Library, and Kiowa Library are all working together so the program will be uniform county-wide. We will begin enrolling children in the program on February 3rd! Come on by and we will get your child signed up and answer any questions you may have.

The Expansion Committee will be meeting this week in hopes of moving closer to finalizing the plans for the newest addition. There will be no boredom at Lincoln Library in 2020!